As shared by Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce ...

New Walking Tour Maps available for Downtown Rockport and Fulton
 
Everyone is invited to stroll through the downtowns of Rockport and Fulton, get healthy, and discover what you didn’t know about days gone by.

The “Stroll thru Rockport and Fulton map” is a free historical walking tour map designed to combine physical activity with the opportunity to learn about Rockport’s and Fulton’s colorful historical buildings, events and people.

Individuals can choose to walk all or portions of a four-mile route in Rockport and a one-mile route in Fulton.

Each location on the route has signage such as an historical marker, Aransas Pathways sign and/or interpretative signs.

The downtown Rockport route includes a stop at the Healthy Aransas Community Garden, a community vegetable garden. Other fun stops on the list include the Harper House, the home of Judge Harper and his wife, Bertha; the old Rockport School (Aransas County Historical Society); First Presbyterian Church, established in 1869; the site of the Aransas Hotel – a tourist mecca of its time, which burned to the ground in 1919; the Aransas County Courthouse, with photographs of the original 1889 structure; the beautifully restored Leopold M. Bracht House, office of the Rockport Cultural Arts District; and the R.H. Wood House.

The route also takes walkers by the San Antonio and Aransas Pass Railroad Depot, the Rockport Pilot newspaper, Merchant Square/Aransas Hotel, the Sorenson-Stair Building, A.L. Bracht home, and the Wood-Jackson House, just to name a few.

A fun stop in downtown Fulton is the site of the old Marion Packing Company where beef was dried, salted, or pickled before shipping.

The “Stroll thru Rockport and Fulton maps” were developed after an event coordinated by the Aransas County Health Coalition, the Friends of the History Center, Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce, the Rockport Cultural Arts District, Aransas Pathways, the Aransas County Historical Commission, and the Aransas County Historical Society.

Serving on the committee to develop the tour are Vivienne Heines (Aransas County Health Coalition), Vickie Merchant (Friends of the History Center), Sandy Jumper (Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce), Jennifer Day (Rockport Cultural Arts District), Pam Stranahan (Aransas Pathways, the Aransas County Historical Commission), and Jean Schindler (Aransas County Historical Society). Ginger Smith and Bethany Jackson with AgriLife assisted in the project.

“This is part of a goal set forth by the Chamber’s board of directors of to ‘Build community buy-in for environmental awareness,” said Chamber President/CEO Diane Probst.

The maps include a scavenger hunt where items, after collected, can be turned in for a prize at the Visitor Center located at 319 Broadway in downtown Rockport.

Healthy South Texas is an initiative of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service, which focuses on improving community health through improved nutrition, increased physical activity, and prevention of chronic and infectious disease.

For more information, contact the Aransas County office of Texas A&M AgriLife Extension at (361) 790-0103. For printed copies of the map, stop by the Rockport-Fulton Chamber of Commerce Visitor Center at 319 Broadway in downtown Rockport.